EMI Music has launched its very own digital music service at EMI.com, promising to use the place as a launch pad for experimental digital technologies and for the development of music discovery systems.
In a double salvo of Saturday Night Fever-related retro chic, Paramount Digital Entertainment has made the film available through iTunes, while also releasing an accompanying iPhone application.
First released in 1977, Saturday Night Fever- starred John Travolta as Tony Manero, a troubled Brooklyn youth who diverted attention away from his troubles with his job, parents, community and friends by dancing in the local disco club. Considered to be a huge commercial success, the movie significantly helped to popularize disco music around the world and made Travolta a household name.
The Sundance Film Festival will make ten short films of the 96 entered into its latest event available for free download through iTunes.
This year the Festival’s Short Film Program comprises a record 96 short films from 5,632 submissions, from U.S. and international filmmakers. Submissions grew by 10% over last year.
The 25th Sundance Film Festival takes place between January 15-25, 2009.
Following a negative judgment in the Project Kangaroo initiative, the BBC is now considering offering its popular iPlayer technology to Channel 4 and ITV.
The BBC, Channel 4 and ITV had been working together to establish Project Kangaroo as a one-stop shop for TV show streaming and downloads from the broadcasters. However, in a decision revealed this month UK competition regulators nixed these plans on fears they would stifle competition in the UK market.
MySpace Mobile has launched an international beta test of its new video delivery service for mobile phones, though iPhone support is not part of the package.
MySpace is working with the video boffins at RipCode on the solution, which makes video content from the social networking site available to video enabled mobile devices.
The MySpace Mobile site (m.myspace.com) receives approximately three billion worldwide page views per month from more than 10 million monthly unique users, the company said.
Wolfgang’s Vault is the collector’s site for multimedia music memorabilia, offering a vast selection of some of the world’s rarest – and potentially most treasured – music and music-related “stuff”. And now it’s available in the UK, through your iPhone or your iPod touch.
We were in touch with Eric Johnson, President and CEO, Wolfgang’s Vault overnight, he describes his service as, “The only online site dedicated to telling the comprehensive story of the live music experience of the past five decades.”
The BBC Trust has refused permission for the BBC to introduce its own local video service to cover local events in 60 parts of the UK, arguing that it wouldn’t be beneficial enough for the public and that it would have a “negative impact on commercial media”.
Sir Michael Lyons, Chairman of the BBC Trust, said: “It is clear from the evidence that, although licence fee payers want better regional and local services from the BBC, this proposal is unlikely to achieve what they want.
Apple last night released an update for the Apple TV, introducing new features but breaking support for the incredibly popular Boxee software – but there will be a fix within 24-hours, a member of the development team has revealed.
**UPDATE (c.12pm EDT, 21 Nov): If you’ve been waiting for the Boxee update, here’s the latest from inside the team on why no patch has been released just yet: “Nothing yet, all bugs have been fixed except for one and that is getting in front of Frontrow reliably. Apple removed the previous method in r2.3 so we have to find another way.” The Boxee team are working away at this.
***UPDATE (c.10am EDT 22 Nov): The patch has been released, along with some rather interesting insight as to Boxee’s future plans. Read about it here.
Notes introduced with the release say the updated software lets Apple TV users stream music from the device to Airport Express speakers or other Apple TVs in your house using AirTunes.
Since Apple released its new software, the team behind Boxee have worked incredibly hard to update their solution to work with the Apple TV – read all about it here.